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VIDEO: Canada, through a photographer’s camera and a motorcycle

In 2013 and 2014, I visited Canada from coast to coast on two small-displacement scooters, ensuring that every important moment was photographed, videotaped and documented.

Then a student at the University of Toronto, I realized that I would not have time after university to do epic trips. Hence, in the summer of 2013, I took my Honda Jazz 50cc scooter and my Canon EOS M mirrorless camera eastbound for Cape Spear, N. L.

Me, my 50cc scooter on July 12, 2013 at the most easterly point in North America.

A signboard at the site described Cape Spear as “cold, clammy, foggy and miserable.” It didn’t lie. The return trip took 32 days, likely because the scooter would not go above 64 kilometres per hour. I covered a mileage of 7,512 kilometres, changed the rear tire in Mount Pearl, N.L., and had to replace a light bulb in Fredericton, N.B.

Then, in summer 2014, I did a similar trip. I went westbound from Toronto to Victoria, B.C., in 26 days with a bigger scooter, a 180cc Aprilia Scarabeo. The return trip took 26 days despite having to cover 11,000 kilometres — for one, the scooter could handle highway speeds.

On this day, I left Vancouver, took a ferry and arrived at Mile 0 in Victoria, B.C. in the afternoon of Aug. 17, 2014.

This trip gave me the impetus to move to British Columbia as I saw beautiful places such as Christina Lake and Hope.

In the final days of 2017, a year where Canadians celebrated Canada 150, I intend to write a series of photo stories that pays tribute the great experiences meeting Canadians and experiencing all 10 provinces.